Flocking starlings strike an optimal balance between the work of responding to social cues from their neighbors and the need to conserve energy. This trade-off yields a special number: seven. When starlings coordinate with their seven nearest neighbors, they form their magical-looking flocks with the least effort.
A robot named Phobetor roams the Princeton University campus attempting to deliver a holiday fruitcake. Hijinks ensue. Inevitably, a tiger figures into the plot. The Phobetor robot is the creation of Princeton Autonomous Vehicle Engineering (PAVE).
A surprising insight into the way cats lap water may yield insights for robotics researchers interested in the efficient motions of animals, according to a paper published in the journal Science.
The Princeton Autonomous Vehicle Engineering (PAVE) team won "rookie of the year," third place overall out of 47 teams and first place in the design challenge portion of the 16th Annual Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition, held May 30 to June 2 at Oakland University in Rochester, Mich.
The Princeton Autonomous Vehicle Engineering team has advanced to the next stage in the Pentagon's "urban challenge" competition, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency announced May 11.
It's a traffic-weary commuter's dream come true: A car that drives by itself. Since 2004, a group of Princeton University students has been working on developing such self-driving, "autonomous" vehicles, competing in contests run by the Pentagon.